Daddy’s Girl is a 2018 American horror feature film about a sadistic serial killer and his captive stepdaughter directed by British filmmaker Julian Richards (Reborn; Shiver; The Last Horror Film; Darklands) based on a screenplay by Timothy Hill. The Zee Studios International production stars Costas Mandylor, Jemma Dallender, Mark Arnold and Jesse Moss.
In the deep South, Zoe (Jemma Dallender) is a young woman being held captive by her stepfather (Costas Mandylor) after the suicide of her mother. An Iraq war veteran and serial killer, he uses Zoe as bait to lure new victims until a rookie cop and a female vigilante come to her rescue…
“Daddy’s Girl might not be a groundbreaking work, but within its genre context it’s an efficient thriller which delivers its shocks in all the right places as it realises its modest aims.” Jeremy Clarke, Dirty Movies
“For all that it might be accused of exploitation, Daddy’s Girl is a surprisingly astute exploration of domestic abuse and the way damage passed through generations can manifest in different ways. It’s an effective little thriller and a challenge to genre conventions.” Jennie Kermode, Eye for Film
“Despite a couple of minor flaws – John’s motivation doesn’t really convince, and I can’t believe there are no witnesses to the missing girls – Daddy’s Girl offers a refreshing spin on a familiar story and keeps you second guessing Zoe’s choices right until the end. “She likes to watch,” says John menacingly in an early scene, as he shackles their latest victim. Chances are you will too, and the film should find a captive audience.” Phil Newton, My Bloody Reviews
Cast and characters:
- Costas Mandylor … John Stone – The Horde; Blood Trap; Saw IV and V
- Jemma Dallender … Zoe
- Mark Arnold … Sheriff
- Jesse Moss … Deputy Scott Wallace
- Britt McKillip … Jennifer
- Annie Quigley … Staci Jones
- Cherise Silvestri … School Administrator
- Micavrie Amaia … Annie
- Diana Care … Danny
Daddy’s Girl premiered at the Raindance Film Festival in London on 4 October 2018.
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